There are nine days until the NFL draft and nine general positions on a football team: Quarterback, receiver, running back, tight end, offensive lineman, cornerback, safety, linebacker, defensive lineman. I know each has a sub-grouping like defensive tackles compared to defensive ends. But with nine days left, we had to do some condensing.

Anyway, the plan here is to drop a blog post every day for the next nine days covering each of the positions. We’ll go in reverse order according to the Giants’ needs, building up to the main event and the most pressing need the team has in this draft (here’s a hint: it’s middle linebacker).

We start with:

QUARTERBACK

It’s become pretty clear that Eli Manning is as close to invincible in terms of playing through injuries as a quarterback can be. The difference between him and Favre and even Peyton is that Eli actually gets hurt … and still plays. Still, there’s a good-sized gap between him and the next quarterback on the depth chart. That’s a battle with new backup Jim Sorgi and last year’s draft pick, Rhett Bomar, who spent most of the season on the practice squad. The Giants have drafted a quarterback late in each of the last two drafts. Will they pick up another project this spring? I don’t know for sure. But I do know that someone has to throw the passes at the rookie minicamp the weekend after the draft, so they’d better have a few bodies in their either by picking or by grabbing a few undrafted free agents.

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Some names to look at:

John Skelton (Fordham), Sean Canfield (Oregon State), Bill Stull (Pittsburgh)

Tomorrow in our position-by-position breakdown: SAFETIES.